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Centering Class Welcomes New Babies

Lexington Medical Center is overjoyed to welcome the first group of babies whose moms took part in an innovative program at the hospital called “Centering,” which allows pregnant women to receive prenatal care in a group setting.

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At the beginning of pregnancy, a mother-to-be will have an individual prenatal visit and physical exam. If she chooses to “center” her pregnancy, she’ll join a group of other expectant mothers with similar due dates for monthly Centering sessions instead of traditional office visits. Dads-to-be are welcome, too.

Upon arrival at Lexington Women’s Care, class members go directly to the Centering session where they’re greeted by staff and enjoy refreshments. There’s no waiting in the lobby for the doctor. Each Centering session lasts about two hours and offers women a supportive environment to share physical, emotional and medical pregnancy experiences.

The same physician or midwife serves as the group facilitator at each session. He or she privately performs regular health assessments such as blood pressure, weight, belly checks and heart tones at the beginning of each session. After the assessment, the facilitator leads a group discussion on topics related to pregnancy and parenting, including the physical changes women experience during pregnancy, preparing for labor and delivery, nutrition, family planning, safety, conflict resolution, parenting and newborn care.

Lexington Medical Center recently welcomed its first babies from the Centering program! WIS-TV followed this group throughout the process.

Importantly, Centering has been shown to decrease rates of preterm delivery and offer other advantages, too, including higher rates of breastfeeding and lower rates of postpartum depression.

The term “Centering” comes from the idea that the program offers obstetric care in a group setting that places responsibility on the mom, realizing that she’s the center of her and her baby’s well-being.

“Centering” Pregnancy at Lexington Women’s Care

Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, offers a “Centering” program for moms-to-be. “Centering” allows expectant moms to be more involved in their care through health assessments, education and support in a group setting.

During two-hour sessions, women undergo regular health assessments with a physician or midwife, including belly checks and heart tones. then, the group discusses topics related to pregnancy and parenting.

Laern more in the WIS-TV news story below, featuring Lexington Women’s Care OB/GYN Valerie Skinner leading a “Centering” class.

Topics at “Centering” sessions include pregnancy, how to prepare for childbirth and motherhood, baby care, breastfeeding, childproofing your house and baby milestones.

For more information about “Centering,” Call Lexington Women’s Care at (803) 936-8100.

Jully A.F. Aguirre, MD and Jennifer B. Linfert, MD, FACOG Join Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Jully A. F. Aguirre, MD and Jennifer B. Linfert, MD, FACOG to its network of care. They will both practice obstetrics and gynecology at Sandhills Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Aguirre graduated cum laude from Queen’s University of Charlotte in North Carolina and earned her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She went on to complete her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Greenville Health System University Medical Center in South Carolina.

Jully Aguirre, MD

Jully Aguirre, MD

Prior to joining the Lexington Medical Center Network of Care, Dr. Aguirre served as a resident physician and as chief of Educational Development for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Greenville Health System University Medical Center, which honored her as “Best Provider of Family-centered Maternity Care” in 2013. She also volunteered at the Greenville Health Clinic to provide gynecologic care to women in need.

A member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association, Dr. Aguirre speaks fluent Spanish and is most interested in Latina health care, high risk obstetrics and robotic surgery.

A Columbia native, Dr. Linfert graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in Columbia before earning her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She went on to complete her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.

Jennifer Linfert, MD, FACOG

Jennifer Linfert, MD, FACOG

Prior to joining the Lexington Medical Center Network of Care, Dr. Linfert worked in private practice, providing obstetrical and gynecological services from routine exams to minimally invasive procedures. A Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, she is board certified and a member of the American Medical Association, the Columbia Medical Society, the South Carolina Medical Association and the South Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.

Sandhills Women’s Care provides comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages at two convenient locations in Northeast Columbia and on the hospital campus in West Columbia. The doctors are accepting new patients. Visit SandhillsWomensCare.com